the tattoo 'burb
two tattoos, one from each of the cities I love: San Francisco
and New York.
first one is a panda bear with a yin yang in place of his original
markings. I wanted to get a yin yang for a couple of years, but
I wanted something unique, that no one else could walk in and
point to on the wall.
One day it hit me, because pandas have always
been a favorite of mine, my dog was even named Pando. It represents
my opinion that a lot of the divisions in society can work in
harmony, rather than division -- I'm biracial, bisexual, bicoastal
It turns out that this one is an optical illusion.
Most people see the panda, or the yin yang, or even the initials
"PJ," but it takes a minute before the whole image hits
second one is a sun flower with the center hollowed out and the
leaves extending straight out. Like my first one, it is a blended
symbol, so that the flower itself is in the form of a woman's
It represents the strength and beauty of women and reminds
me that women, myself especially, can be (and are) many things, not just
pretty or smart or strong -- but all of the above.